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Uganda security agencies arrest Rwandans in capital Kampala

by John Tugume KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Several Rwandans have been arrested in an operation conducted by the army in the suburbs of Uganda’s capital of Kampala.

Lt. Col. Deo Akiiki, deputy army spokesman, told Xinhua by telephone on Wednesday that "some Rwandans" were in their custody following the operation that targeted a church in one of the city’s suburbs.

Akiiki said the operation was still ongoing.

"It is true we carried out an operation today and because of the sensitivity of the matter, we cannot divulge any further details," he said.

"What you should know is that we have arrested some Rwandans," Akiiki said when asked about the number of Rwandans in their custody.

The local Daily Monitor newspaper reported that over 40 Rwandans were arrested and were found with fake Ugandan national identity cards.

In April, more than 40 Rwandans were arrested in the western district of Kasese.

Although they were found to be in possession of valid Rwandan national identification cards, they did not have permission to enter Uganda.

The group was later released and sent back to Rwanda.


Rwanda warning citizens against unnecessary travel to Democratic
Republic of the Congo’s eastern city of Goma after Ebola outbreak

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Rwandan health ministry on Monday warned Rwandans against unnecessary travel to Goma, an eastern city of Rwanda’s neighboring country Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), following the first confirmed Ebola case there.

Goma shares the border with western Rwanda’s Rubavu district with daily border crossings between the two countries estimated at about 100,000 people, according to Rwanda’s emigration authority.

"This Ebola epidemic is yet to stop and now it has reached close to Rwanda.

"There is need to be more vigilant and to avoid unnecessary visits to Goma," Rwandan health minister Diane Gashumba told a news briefing when touring Rwanda.

The minister on Monday visited the border district to assess the effectiveness of measures which were put in place by the government to avoid possible spread of the disease in the country such as screening of travellers entering Rwanda.

The border remains open but goods normally purchased in DRC by Rwandan people can be sourced locally until the situation is contained, she said, adding that no Ebola case has been reported in Rwanda.

The minister made a fresh appeal to Rwandan residents and visitors to seek timely medical attention at the nearest health facility whenever a person has Ebola-like symptoms such as high fever, bleeding, diarrhea and red eyes among others.

A pastor who interacted with Ebola patients in DRC’s northeastern town of Butembo became ill recently, and traveled to Goma by bus on July 14, where he later tested positive for Ebola.

However, the DRC health ministry said the risk of the virus spreading in the city remains low.

The World Health Organization has recently expressed concern that the spread of Ebola in the DRC has escalated in the past few months, with more than 2,000 cases recorded since the epidemic broke out again about a year ago.

The current outbreak is the worst on record after the Ebola epidemic struck mainly Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone between 2014 and 2016, leaving more than 11,300 people dead.

Rwanda has been on high alert for a possible spread of Ebola and in April vaccinated about 3,000 healthcare and front-line workers against Ebola in areas at high risk of the outbreak.

It has also been enhancing community awareness on the disease, as well as building capacity for case detection and control.

At least eight dead, 17 injured in road accident in western Rwanda

KIGALI Rwanda (Xinhua) -- Eight people have been confirmed dead and 17 others injured after a passenger public service vehicle got involved in an accident on Tuesday morning in Karongi district, western Rwanda, the police said.

The accident occurred at around 7:00 a.m. local time when a bus skidded and rolled off the road when it was heading from the Rwandan capital city Kigali to Nyamasheke district in Western Province, Jean-Marie Vianney Ndushabandi, spokesperson for traffic and road safety department at Rwanda National Police, told Xinhua by telephone.

The injured were rushed to Kibuye hospital in Karongi district, while those in critical situation were airlifted to King Faisal Hospital in Kigali, said Ndushabandi.

The cause of the accident has not yet been established, but the police suspect the fatigue of the driver as a probable cause of the accident.

The spokesperson further advised motorists to avoid speeding, especially when approaching sharp bends and always follow speed limit signposts along the highway.

At least 465 people were killed and 654 were injured in 2018 due to road accidents, according to the Rwandan police.



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